Happy Wednesday! The mercury and humidity is on the rise this week, but we had a brief respite with several days of wonderful, breezy 80 degree weather. . .perfect for dining outdoors!
The vibrant shades of Endless Summer Hydrangeas are starting to fade to softer blues. I paired them with some lemons for a floral centerpiece for the table.
I used my favorite ‘vase within a vase’ method for flower arranging and a centerpiece for the table. Start with two vases, a smaller one to nest inside a larger one. Place your flowers in the inner vase and fill the walls between the vases with your decorative material to conceal the flower stems and/or any mechanics like chicken wire or floral foam.
You can see examples of the ‘vase within a vase’ method using seasonal candy for a Red Hot Centerpiece for Valentine’s Day, a Leprechaun Hat for St. Patrick’s Day, Tulips for Easter, and hosta leaves for a garden arrangement.
The tablecloth provided the inspiration for sliced lemons placed between the wall of the vases. Once I had the lemons positioned, I added water between the walls of the vase so the lemons were completely submerged. Remove any seeds from the lemons slices prior to adding them to your vase so you don’t end up with floating lemon seeds!
Mini lemon ‘vases’ are at each placesetting, filled with garden blooms.
The mini lemon vases are easy to create by cutting a hole in your lemon with a knife. Scoop out the flesh to add your blooms. I used a melon baller to scoop a little “well” inside to hold the flowers. The lemon vase can be used as a take-away favor at each place setting.
They’re served up on Mikasa English Countryside plates with an embossed fruit and lattice design and framed with blue woven placemats.
Dinnerware / Mikasa English Countryside
Goblets / Mikasa French Countryside
Flatware / Pfaltzgraff Vienna
Tablecloth & Napkins / HomeGoods
Placemats / Ballard Designs
Napkin Rings / Bed, Bath & Beyond, several years ago
We’re back in the mid 90s the rest of the week with the humidity ratcheting back up. Hope you’re staying cool where you are!